T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, ‘"Mesa" Coffee Table’, Sotheby's: Important Design
T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings, ‘"Mesa" Coffee Table’, Sotheby's: Important Design

Manufactured by Widdicomb Furniture Company, Grand Rapids, MI

Designed 1951.

Merrill, J. Iovine, Modern Americana, New York, 2008, p. 201 (for the model in the Widdicomb Furniture Company showroom in Grand Rapids, MI)
Widdicomb, manufacturer's catalog, n. p.
House Beautiful, May 1952, cover
Charlotte and Peter Fiell, eds., 50s Decorative Arts, Cologne, 2000, p. 126
Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Vital Forms: American Art and Design in the Atomic Age, 1940-1960, Brooklyn, NY, 2001, p. 31

About T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings

Terence Howard Robsjohn-Gibbings (“Gibby”) gained early renown for the furniture designs inspired by classical Greece that he debuted in 1937. “On Greek vases I saw furniture that was young, untouched by time,” he said. “Vitality, surging through the human figures on the vases, surged through this furniture.” After relocating from England to New York, Robsjohn-Gibbings would set up a showroom on Madison Avenue and quickly earned a reputation as a tastemaker among the city’s elite; his spare, uncluttered designs were popular for their attempt to reconcile Art Deco whimsy with pure, classicist ideals. Robsjohn-Gibbings situated himself in opposition to Modernists like Le Corbusier, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Marcel Breuer, whose designs he dismissed as utilitarian and lifeless, aligning himself instead with more “organic” artists like Pablo Picasso and Henry Moore. He also admired Frank Lloyd Wright.

1905-1976